MRI scanner appeal receives first donation

Celebrating one of the first donation towards the MRI scanner appeal (left to right): Laura Thomson Kain, Lisa Ward, Erica Leask Mikolajczak, Emma Knight, Shona Manson, Emma Williamson, Catriona Barr.

SHETLAND’s fundraising appeal for an island-based MRI scanner received its first large donation at the weekend when money raised during an open water swim from Bressay to Lerwick was donated to the fund.

One of the swimmers, Emma Williamson, said the funds of more than £3,600 had been raised back in 2014, but the group would repeat their challenge again next year.

“It’s going to take us a while to raise money for the MRI scanner, so we might as well have fun while we’re doing it. When we did our last fundraising, we had a great time out in the water training and then swimming from Bressay to Lerwick,” she said.

“We raised a fair bit of money and decided that the Shetland MRI Scanner Appeal was the best place to put what was left.

“We had such a fun last time, we’ve decided to support the appeal by doing it again next year”.

Welcoming the contribution, the chairperson of the Shetland Health Board Endowment Fund, Lisa Ward said almost £6,000 of the £2,000,000 appeal had already been raised since it was launched last week.

“The response to our appeal has been truly amazing. Right from the start, we said that if any community can do it, Shetland can,” she said.

“If the first three days are anything to go by, Shetland is proving it certainly can!”

Anyone interested in donating and fundraising for the appeal is asked to have a look at the donate section of